End violence against women: 25 November

Council of Europe 25 November 2016 Strasbourg

25 November : International campaign for the elimination of violence against women. The Human Rights Channel website includes an “Actions” page which asks you to share this message on the web and on social media. >Help us to help them!

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New opinion on the role of court presidents

Council of Europe 24 November 2016 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE) adopted an opinion on the role of court presidents. In this Opinion, the CCJE clarifies the role of court presidents concerning the representation of the court, relations within the court with other judges, and presidents’...

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Refugees speak out at Lisbon Forum, amid calls to improve coordination of humanitarian aid

Council of Europe 24 November 2016 Lisbon

Refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria explained their experiences at this year’s Lisbon Forum, as calls were made to improve coordination to assist them as humanitarian crises continue. Adam, a 26-year-old Syrian student in Portugal, explained how programmes like the Global Platform for...

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Celebrating 10 years of stronger Council of Europe/EU relations

Council of Europe 23 November 2016 Strasbourg

Secretary General Jagland and the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, are launching a series of initiatives to mark the 10th anniversary of the 2007 Memorandum of Understanding between the Council of Europe and the European Union. In the presence...

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Committee of Ministers: Estonia hands over chairmanship to Cyprus

Committee of Ministers 22 November 2016 Strasbourg

The Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe today passed from Estonia to Cyprus, at a meeting at the Organisation's Strasbourg headquarters, attended by representatives of its 47 member States. Before handing over the chairmanship to his successor, the outgoing Chair,...

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Doping, match-fixing and good governance on the agenda of Sport Ministers conference in Hungary

Council of Europe 22 November 2016 Strasbourg

European Sport Ministers will meet on Tuesday 29 November in Budapest (Hungary) at a conference organised by the Council of Europe under its Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS), aimed at more effectively combating doping, promoting implementation of the Convention on match-fixing and...

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Armenia: positive developments for life prisoners, problems with prison conditions

Council of Europe anti-torture Committee (CPT) 22 November 2016 Strasbourg

In its new report on Armenia published today, the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) noted positive developments in the treatment of life-sentenced prisoners, but pointed out remaining problems with ill-treatment in the police custody, understaffing and lack of...

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Russian Federation: The Group of States against Corruption publishes its Second Compliance Report

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) 21 November 2016 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s anti-corruption group (GRECO) today made public its Second Compliance Report on the Russian Federation concerning incriminations (criminalisation of corruption) and transparency of party funding. GRECO concludes that the Russian Federation has now implemented...

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Deputy Secretary General at WADA meeting in Glasgow

Deputy Secretary General 20 November 2016 Glasgow, United Kingdom

Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni participated today, as one of the European representatives, to the Foundation Board of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Prior to this meeting, public authorities' officials met in London, at the invitation of the Council of...

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Azerbaijan: Statement by Secretary General Jagland on the decision of the Supreme Court today rejecting the appeal by Ilgar Mammadov

Secretary General 18 November 2016 Strasbourg

“Today, Azerbaijan’s highest court has failed to uphold the country’s legal obligation to execute the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights. The severity of this development for Azerbaijan as a member of the Council of Europe cannot be underestimated. Azerbaijan’s flagrant disrespect of...

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Intolerable detention conditions during Belgian prison strike says Council of Europe’s anti-torture committee

Council of Europe anti-torture Committee (CPT) 18 November 2016 Strasbourg

In its report published today, the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has described the disturbing situation it found during its visit in May 2016 to Huy, Ittre and Jamioulx prisons, as well as in the social defence...

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End Child Sex Abuse Day

Council of Europe 17 November 2016 Strasbourg

European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse

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Treaties of Nijmegen Medal for the European Court of Human Rights

Council of Europe 21 November 2016 Strasbourg

President Guido Raimondi has received the prestigious Treaties of Nijmegen Medal on behalf of the European Court of Human Rights at a ceremony in the Netherlands on Friday 18 November. The prize is awarded every two years to a key international figure or institution in recognition of their...

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Official visit of the President of Poland Andrzej Duda

Secretary General 16 November 2016 Strasbourg

Polish President Andrzej Duda today paid an official visit to the Council of Europe. Following a meeting with Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, President Duda had an exchange of views with the Ministers’ Deputies. He also met with Guido Raimondi, President of the European Court of Human...

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Cybercrime: towards a new legal tool on electronic evidence

Secretary General 16 November 2016 Strasbourg

“The 15th anniversary of the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime is a turning point, in that the Convention is now reaching out into the ‘clouds’,” said the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, at the opening of the 2016 Octopus conference. Data, and therefore electronic...

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Migrants in limbo in Europe have the right to live in dignity

Commissioner of Human Rights 15 November 2016 Strasbourg

“In some countries, they call them “invisible persons”, in others – “ghosts”. Throughout Europe there are many migrants, primarily rejected asylum seekers, who live in a state of protracted legal and social limbo without any long-term prospects.”, says Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe...

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European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse

Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers 14 November 2016 Strasbourg

Statement by Jürgen Ligi, Chair of the Committee of Ministers and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Estonia

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Protecting you and your rights: the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime fifteen years on

Council of Europe 10 November 2016 Strasbourg

Fifteen years after its adoption, the Budapest Convention remains the most effective international treaty on cybercrime and the rule of law in cyberspace. Achievements and challenges, such as access to electronic evidence and the use of information technology for terrorist purposes, will be...

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Internment of Gypsies by France between 1940 and 1946

Council of Europe 9 November 2016 Montreuil-Bellay

Special Representative for Roma Issues welcomes President Francois Hollande’s historic acknowledgement

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"Public Service Media and Democracy" conference in Prague 10-11 November 2016

Council of Europe 9 November 2016 Strasbourg

On 10 November 2016 in Prague, the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schultz and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, will open a conference on ‘Public Service Media and Democracy’. The conference is jointly organised by the Council of Europe and its...

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